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The Full Toss

Welcome to TFT, one of the UK’s longest serving cricket blogs. We’ll be here throughout the year to debate, moan, and occasionally rejoice about the England cricket team. If something’s bothering you, whether it’s selection, governance, or the cost of a pint, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You don’t need to be a professional writer or copywriter, just a fan with something to say. Email james@thefulltoss.com for more info. Cheers.

2811, 2010

Day four at the Gabba

By | November 28th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

Stumps: England 309-1 and 260. Australia 481. Did that really happen? Have England actually batted an entire day for the loss of only a single wicket, and come right back into the match? Or were we only dreaming? During an Ashes series, early-morning disbelief works both ways - positive and negative. The majority of us totter off to bed at [...]

2711, 2010

Day three at the Gabba

By | November 27th, 2010|Categories: News|4 Comments

Stumps: England 19-0 and 260. Australia 481. The Full Toss today launches a fundraising campaign to purchase a can of petrol, a box of matches, and a flight to Brisbane. Burning down the Gabba is surely England's only hope of ever again winning the Ashes in Australia. God, I hate the place; scene of unending, quadrennial torture. It's little wonder [...]

2611, 2010

Quotes of the day

By | November 26th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

“A glare from Stuart Broad…seems roughly equivalent to be being sworn at by Aled Jones.” Gideon Haigh of The Times on England’s failed attempt to stare out Hussey.  “I’m starting with newcastle brown ale in respect of big harm, tetley-hoggy, cider-tres, butcher-london pride, collingwood-ginger ale, strauss-pimm’s”. Andrew Flintoff raises a glass to his former team-mates on Twitter “This is the [...]

2611, 2010

England’s affair with laissez faire

By | November 26th, 2010|Categories: News|7 Comments

When the players went off for bad light yesterday Sky interviewed Steven Finn, England’s Ashes debutant and prime candidate to snap in half at any time – when he took that low caught and bowled in the afternoon session, millions of viewers instinctively lunged for the sticky tape. It had been a good day for Finn. Despite a shaky start, [...]

2611, 2010

Day two at the Gabba

By | November 26th, 2010|Categories: News|13 Comments

Michael Hussey: what a pain in the arse. Two years of being crap, only to rediscover his form when least convenient for us. Funny how often that happens against England. You probably took a bleary-eyed first glance at the score this morning and thought 220-5 wasn't too bad, especially after being 96-1 at lunch. But then you'll have noticed that at [...]

2511, 2010

Test

By | November 25th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/8160151/Tory-peer-apologises-for-gaffe-claiming-the-poor-breed.html http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/50145000/jpg/_50145898_flight304bbc.jpg

2511, 2010

Reason to keep faith?

By | November 25th, 2010|Categories: News|1 Comment

So for now we're all wondering whether 260 is a workable first innings total. And perhaps it's better than we thought: TFT reader Allan got in touch to flag up an interesting Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba earlier this month. New South Wales made 262 first dig - and won by an innings, after bowling out Queensland twice in a [...]

2511, 2010

Who’s more foolish, the fool or the fool that follows England?

By | November 25th, 2010|Categories: News|5 Comments

I dislike football analogies, but I’m going to make one anyway. Before the summer’s World Cup people inevitably got caught up in the hype. The press got behind Capello’s boys and thousands of people bought little red and white flags to attach to their cars. 2010 was going to be our year. Football was coming home. However, all the pre-tournament [...]

2511, 2010

Day one at the Gabba

By | November 25th, 2010|Categories: News|9 Comments

Stumps: Australia 25-0. England 260. Before the start of any overseas Ashes series, buy yourself a cat. It will give you something to kick when you wake up in the morning and see the score. Most disappointing about our first innings total was the relative innocuousness of the Australian bowling. They are essentially the same team as in 2009, and [...]

2411, 2010

Unbearable hope

By | November 24th, 2010|Categories: Being an England supporter|3 Comments

 It feels a bit like Christmas Eve today. We know that something very important and exciting begins late tonight. It makes us anxious, uneasy, but exhilarated. The clock ticks down towards midnight (or 10am in Brisbane) - slowly but inexorably, each elapsed hour pregnant with significance. Our minds race at the possibilities which await. Tomorrow - or rather, the next seven weeks - could bring us [...]

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